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Putin may meet Pope Francis in late November

November 07, 2013, 17:39 UTC+3
Russian president's press secretary: possibility of such a meeting is being considered as part of preparations for Putin’s visit to Italy scheduled for November 25-26
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ITAR-TASS/Alexey Nikolski

ITAR-TASS/Alexey Nikolski

ROME, November 7 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin may meet with Pope Francis in late November, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told ITAR-TASS on Thursday, November 7.

“The possibility of such a meeting is being considered as part of preparations for Putin’s visit to Italy scheduled for November 25-26,” Peskov said.

The Holy See’s spokesperson Federico Lombardi said earlier in the day that Putin would visit the Vatican and meet with the pope on November 25.

In early September, Pope Francis sent a personal message to Putin who was presiding at the Group of Twenty summit in St. Petersburg. In the message, the pope spoke about ways to resolve the Syrian crisis and called for measures to support the world economy.

This will be the first meeting between Putin and Pope Francis. Putin earlier visited the Vatican and was received by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

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